Lexington Police are interviewing a person of interest in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Dutch Fork High School student following Monday night's Dutch Fork vs. Lexington High School basketball game.
Lt. Matt Davis says police are questioning one person, but did not release any other details.
Police say they were called to a parking lot next to the Cook Out on Main Street in downtown Lexington late Monday night and found 17-year-old DaVon Capers wounded. He was immediately transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Chief Terrence Green said early Tuesday morning officers planned to talk to witnesses and suspects.
According to Green, the fight stemmed from an argument that took place after the boy's basketball game at Lexington High School earlier in the evening. The crime scene was approximately 3.6 miles from the high school.
Lieutenant Matt Davis added more details Tuesday afternoon, saying investigators believe there was a verbal altercation between two groups a few weeks ago. The groups then exchanged "some words" after Monday night's game and then everybody left.
Both groups ended up at Cook Out and that's where the right turned deadly, Davis said.
Capers was a senior linebacker on Dutch Fork's state championship football team.
Students and staff gathered Tuesday morning in the school's gymnasium to hold a moment of silence for Capers. The flag flies at half staff in front of the school, which is located in northwest Richland County.
Lexington High School's athletic director and head football coach Joshua Stepp said via Twitter there didn't appear to be any trouble at the game. "happened off campus I have no clue...there was absolutely ZERO problem @ game, before during or after...seamless...," wrote Stepp.
He also offered his support to the school. "Thoughts & prayers out to the entire Dutch Fork community for their loss...we are all praying for you," wrote Stepp.
District Superintendent Stephen Hefner released the following statement Tuesday morning:
"The entire District Five family is saddened to learn of the death of one of its students. DaVon Nathaniel Capers was a senior at Dutch Fork High School and a member of the football team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student's family as law enforcement officials continue their investigation into his untimely death. Plans are underway to have grief counselors available for students and staff needing assistance as we all come to terms with this tragedy."
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting the Lexington Police Department with the investigation.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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